A better understanding of microbiome development, composition and function—in people and beyond—will continue to inform strategies that harness the power of microbes to foster human and planetary health.
Microbiomes are Everywhere
Advocating For Microbiome Research
ASM advocates for the following:
- Support for better coordination of and more funding for multidisciplinary microbiome research across the federal government.
- Workforce development and training in the synthesis of microbiome data and information for practical application.
- Facilitation of data standardization and sharing, including through continued funding of the National Microbiome Data Collaborative.
- Continued support for a One Health approach to human health at all levels that reflects the intersections between people, animals, plants and the built environment.
ASM Encourages Swift Action on USICA/America COMPETES
ASM Urges Funding for the National Microbiome Data Collaborative
ASM Letter Regarding the Report of the Fast-track Action Committee on Mapping the Microbiome
The Human Microbiome
Article Addressing Systematic Barriers in Human Microbiome Research
If the concept of microbial health is expanded to encompass structural barriers, such as access to environmental microbes and access to food, scientists can develop a more holistic view of health and well-being and more effective health interventions.
Hear from Experts
Ami Bhatt discusses her research on the diversity within and between human gut microbiomes, and how this research is carefully being used to build new patient care recommendations.
Graciela Lorca studies genetic systems to find positive and negative microbial interactions that lead to disease and describes how specific bacterial strains may help prevent development of diabetes.
Which Microbe Are You?
This K-12 activity, explores the human microbiome using a 'microbial personality' quiz that matches students with a particular microbe.
This factsheet designed for policymakers includes recommendations for investments in microbiome research.
2018-22 Interagency Strategic Plan
This 5-year strategic plan coordinates microbiome research activities across 21 U.S. government agencies.